Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us, and we’d love to help you choose a gift that will have your dearest-person-in-the-universe choking back tears of joy. This little list of suggestions has a common thread based on a truth that is as often acknowledged, as it is forgotten.
The greatest gift you can give is your time.
Shared moments together doing something you mutually enjoy builds on your bank of memories, deepens intimacy and strengthens connection. When your loved-one clears the calendar for an hour, a day, a weekend — it immediately sings a ballad of “you’re worth it” and “I choose you” and “there’s no one else I want to spend time with more”.
So, dear lovebirds, here is some inspiration as you plan how to give more of yourself to your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.
An Early Night To Bed
An early night is such a luxury in our fast-paced world. Which is why it’s such a treat! Do what it takes to climb into bed hours earlier than normal. It might mean getting a babysitter, or a puppy minder. It will most definitely mean turning off phones and any devices that bleat and jangle for attention. Be sure to prepare ahead: make sure the room is clean and warm; a bit of background music wouldn’t go astray; scented candles or an oil burner; and drinks and snacks so you don’t have to leave. Think of all the senses. For something extra thoughtful, encase your bed in a crisp new set of sheets, something with a wonderfully soft texture like our bamboo range.
Cook a Meal Together
What’s your favourite meal? Or maybe the first meal you ate as a couple? Why not make a date of cooking that meal together. There’s a contentment that comes from sharing a task: the easy conversation interspersed with “can you pass the peeler?” and “the rice is ready” and other such chef-like dialogue. Don’t scrimp on ingredients or process. Part of the fun is following the recipe, even if it does tangle you up! Maybe a little plate of snacks would be worthwhile, to ward of any hangry feels. Our aptly named Romeo and Juliet chopping board would be simply perfect for introducing your plans: wrap it up with a bundle of ingredients and you’re away!
A Soak in the Tub
This gift is really only going to work if you have one of those wonderfully deep and lush bathtubs, preferably big enough for two. Itty-bitty tubs that push your knees up around your ears aren’t going to say “I love you” in quite the same way! But if you do… use it to your advantage. Fill it up, nice and hot. Add all the things: bubbles, rose petals, oils, champagne, chocolates, music, a good book, bathrobes. Creating an experience is all about the thoughtful flourishes, showing you’ve put time and consideration into your loved-one’s gift. Imagine one of our bath caddies laden with treats to ensure his or her soak is lavishly relaxing.
A Movie Night In
You could go to the cinema. Or you could create a Movie Night In experience with all the frills at home. Grab a pair of our divine beanbags (there are so many to choose from!) and sit them in your lounge, with remote and snacks within easy reach. Don’t forget the popcorn. Who knows, this may turn into a movie marathon!
A Beach Date
Sunshine makes people happy. Fact! Take the pressure off your time together by moving your special Valentine’s Day time beachside. Make it playful: bring a few beach games. Cut some sarnies, or order fish and chips. Slip, slop, slap. And if you lay back under one of our cute Bora Bora beach umbrellas we guarantee that your beach date will be as Insta-worthy as they come!
A Long Romantic Dinner
There’s something about a candlelit room that makes the heart beat faster. Easy done! Our beautiful three-piece candlestick set will set the mood for a long romantic dinner for the two of you. And you can either whip up something scrumptious yourself, or visit your local deli or providore (many have pre-prepared gourmet meals for just such situations). Make sure you spend time creating atmosphere. Dimmed lighting, soft music, tablecloth and napkins, carefully considered tableware. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Pick some flowers for a vase, or drape a few branches of greenery down the table centre. Most importantly, turn off your phones and remove all clocks from the room for a dinner that stretches out as long as you wish.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
May your love grow ever stronger.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8